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The Point Arena Lighthouse stands as an iconic figure on the landscape of the American Pacific Coast. No other lighthouse offers such a fully interactive experience in the exchange between history, science and natural beauty. Sometimes brilliantly sunny, other times fog-shrouded and mysterious, always ruggedly beautiful, the lighthouse is a place to find something different, a place where the romance is real and the experience is profound. Surrounded by water on three sides, and shouldered adjacent to the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument, the Point Arena Lighthouse is the premiere visitor destination in Mendocino County. It is also one of the best whale watching spots on the North Coast, with the annual Gray Whale migration from late November through May, Humpbacks throughout the year, the occasional pod of transient Killer Whales and even Blue Whales.  Watch for the spouts, tails and breaches from the top of the Tower and from the trails and gazebo.  With nightly lodging and tours of the lighthouse offered daily, what will you discover on your next visit?

Our Mission Statement

To maintain in perpetuity, the historic Point Arena Light Station – including the 23 coastal acres it encompasses, its 115 ft. Lighthouse Tower and its 1896 Fog Signal Building – for the inspiration, education and the enjoyment of all generations to come.

The Reason The Light Will Always Be On

Visitors often ask “why do we still have lighthouses in this day and age of GPS, satellite navigation, maritime electronics and the like?”  The best answer we can give is this amazing voicemail we received in March 2017 from a long time mariner that got home safely because of our light.  We will ALWAYS have the light shining brightly – we’re a Lighthouse and that’s why we’re here!

The Point Arena Light Station #496 was officially established on September 30, 1869.  Construction of the first Tower was completed in April 1870 and the light was first lit May 1, 1870.  This date will mark 150 years of the Lighthouse lighting the way on the Mendocino coast.  This important sesquicentennial deserves a unique and special logo that can be used for advertising, publicity, billboards and on merchandise offered in our Gift Store.

The Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc. (PALKI) thanks the many local artists that submitted designs for the 150th Anniversary Logo!  We made our decision on the winning design and the artist is preparing the final files for us to begin using.  We will share the winning design once we get the final files from the artist.  

Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc. (PALKI) Annual Members Meeting was held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Fog Signal Building at the Point Arena Light Station

At the Annual Members Meeting of the Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc. (PALKI) held on Feb. 1, 2020 the ballots for electing candidates to the open Board seats were counted, and the three incumbents – Geoffrey Beaty, Glenn Funk and Mark Gross – were all re-elected to new two year terms on the Board. All eight PALKI members attended the meeting where the 2019 financial results, safety report, Treasurer’s report and Executive Director’s report were presented. The Board also accepted the resignation of long time Board member Norm Fast and thanked him for his many years of faithful service to PALKI.  The Board re-elected Funk as President, Larry Jacobs as Treasurer, Don McCormick as Secretary and Laura Franklin as Vice President.  PALKI appreciates the attendance at the meeting by members Doug Forsell, Scott and Tree Mercer and Steve and Su Whitaker.

The Lighthouse is Hiring!

Come join the great team at the Point Arena Lighthouse!  We currently have one position open:

Our Employment Opportunities page will provide the details about each position and how to apply.

A big Point Arena Lighthouse THANK YOU to everyone that made our 150th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner & Auction so successful!  The sell out crowd of 100 guests enjoyed a fabulous meal featuring Grillmaster Extraordinaire Bob Shimon’s signature tri-tip and chicken thighs, delicious sides from Surf Market and Tom and Ann Birdsell, great refreshments from Gualala Supermarket and walked away with over 100 unique auction lots. Please visit our 150th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner & Auction thank you page to see all the people and businesses that made this event so special!

SFGATE puts the Keeper’s Apartment on its Top 10 Unique Vacation Rentals in the West!

SFGATE, the internet site of the San Francisco Chronicle, featured the Point Arena Lighthouse’s Keeper’s Apartment in its list of Top 10 Unique Vacation Rentals in the West.  Check out ALL of our unique vacation cottages and come stay at the Lighthouse!

Luxury Lodging Comes to the Lighthouse Vacation Rentals!

20160812_113159The renovation of Assistant Keeper’s House 4 is complete, and this oceanfront showplace is now available for vacation rentals!  This completely reimagined 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features gourmet chef’s kitchen, beautifully furnished living and dining rooms, custom tile baths, designer furniture and linens in all bedrooms, unique art and decorative features and more.  Check out the “Over the Top” review on TripAdvisor from our first guests and the “Awesome Accomodations” review from a repeat guest! Call the Lighthouse at 877-725-4448 ext. 1 or 707-882-2809 ext. 1 for reservations, or make your reservations online.